Finding the perfect job that pays the highest and makes you happy is not a piece of cake.
Between interviews, cover letters, and resumes finding a job that fits your personality feels like searching for a needle in a haystack. Extroverts may gravitate to a job that naturally fit their sociable persona such as sales managers, human resource manager, teachers or nurses. While introverts might seek out more independent roles such as web developers, graphic designers, or interior designers. The key to landing the best job is to consider your career path as a whole.
Ikigai the formula that leads to happiness
This Japanese concept has no literal English translation, however the closest meaning is “the reason you get up in the morning,” according to an article written by professor Melody Wilding.
This concept outlines four strategic reasons: what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs, and what you will get paid for. The idea is that any job may fall into one or more of the regions, but the perfect job and career will fit your personality by falling in the center of all four regions.
Find your passion
The saying goes that once find your passion, you’ll never work a day in your life. Ask yourself what type of work energizes you, makes you happy, and brings you a sense of fulfillment? This would be something that you love. Write down your answers.
Strategize your mission
Your mission is what will impact what the world needs. Ghandi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Your mission and passion can work hand in hand. Perhaps you see that the world needs more recycled goods, access to mental health resources, or safe transportation. Write out your mission statement as if you were a business. You can read more about how to write a mission statement here.
Master your profession
Think about the knowledge and skills that set you apart from the rest. Are you good at organization, leading others, inspiring a larger vision, or working on creative projects? Consider your education as a stepping stone instead of a hindrance to your career. Consider what kinds of skills you can get paid for. For example, an English degree can also mean you might be good at copywriting, blog writing, or transcription.
Now that you know what you are good at and what you can get paid for, list out possible vocations. If you are good at organization and multitasking, you may be inclined towards vocations in administration or project management. Maybe a skillset you have is working well with many different types of people, you might want to list sales manager, customer service supervisor, or recruiter.
Identify your personality type
Your personality type is an important consideration when it comes to landing a perfect job. Whether you are Introvert, extrovert, artist, or realist, you need to find a position that caters to your natural tendencies. If you prefer working independently positions in web development, data analysis, or remote opportunities might be a good place to start. If you like managing and speaking with others, positions in sales, human resources, or education.
Follow your dream companies
List out your top ten to fifteen dream companies to work with. Follow their social media accounts on Linkedin, Facebook, and Instagram to see if they post about any new office locations and position openings.
Seek out mentorships
Look for ways to get involved with those who are more experienced in the vocation. It never hurts to ask someone to give their opinion about better or faster way of doing things or to provide a fresh perspective. Ask lots of questions.
Make local connections
Sometimes you have to pound the pavement to make connections with local organizations or chapters within your vocation. This is not only a way to increase your knowledge, but can be a way to network and put a face to a name. Professional associations will also boost your resume.
Get outside your comfort zone
Try not to get caught up in staying within a specific job title. Get creative by looking through databases for skills you already have within your vocation. Look for opportunities to grow your experience instead of matching your resume point by point. Sometimes the best way to learn is on the job, so don’t be afraid to get outside your comfort zone and start living your best life.
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